Hauliers demand tougher action on safety checks for foreign trucks

The road safety watchdog does not target foreign trucks for safety checks in the same way it does for Irish vehicles, a trade body has claimed. The Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) claimed the Road Safety Authority's (RSA) "enforcement against out of state operators is poor" because it finds it more difficult to prosecute foreign companies. Tony Goodwin, general secretary of the IRHA, wrote to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on June 4, calling for the road safety watchdog to be investigated.

Last week the committee decided that the two organisations should meet again to discuss their grievances before the committee would agree to any investigation.

Sean Fleming, chairman of the committee, said: "I propose that we suggest that the Irish Road Haulage Association accepts...

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